Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cardinal's Rosenthal Will Undergo UCL (Tommy John) Surgery. What does That Mean?

Trevor Rosenthal by report will undergo ulnar collateral surgery. UCL reconstruction or Tommy John surgery as it is commonly called involves replacing a torn ligament on the inside of the elbow. The anterior band of the UCL is typically replaced with a graft. The graft may come from the forearm, knee or sometimes a cadaver. Fortunately, the results are frequently good and elbow procedures are more successful in returning throwers to the previous level than many shoulder procedures in pitchers. Read this American Journal of Sports Medicine STUDY of UCL reconstructions we performed at Washington University in the Sports Medicine group that showed a 92% success rate at returning patients to their previous level of throwing. Typically recovery takes 12 months to return to pitching competitively. 

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